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CLASP students help clean up their neighborhood

Meyzeek Middle School students are forgoing the “lazy, hazy days of summer” this week, opting instead to help build a better community through service learning by volunteering in the Smoketown, downtown and Germantown communities.

The students, who participate in the Collaborative After School Learning Program of Family & Children’s Place, are working with agency Ambassadors – young professionals who help the agency through speaking and networking opportunities. On Tuesday, students and ambassadors, led by Ambassador Jessica Matlock, of First Savings Bank, served cookies to and visited with homeless families at St. Vincent de Paul’s lunch program, and cleaned up afterward.

On Wednesday, they worked on beautification, cleaning up in the Three Points area, picking up trash, pulling weeds and painting around the Goss and Logan streets intersection. They worked with Jennifer Chappell, whose Three Points initiative aims to transform the intersection of three of Louisville’s most well-known neighborhoods – Germantown, Schnitzelburg, and Shelby Park, and includes commissioning arts to create murals in the area.

While working in the heat, the students were interviewed by WAVE-TV3, which featured their volunteerism in newscast segments Wednesday afternoon and evening.

Today, Thursday, students will make animal treats at Louisville Metro Animal Services, a project led by Ambassador Amanda Guenthner of UPS.

“All the kids are amazing. It was an incredibly hot day and they volunteered from 10 a.m. to noon,” said Ambassador Jamie Ogles, of Leadership Southern Indiana.

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